Great Stuff Happening This Weekend, Continued

Yesterday, while recovering from a whale of a basketball game between Davidson and UNC at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, I scratched out a mini guide some of the great stuff going on in Charlotte this weekend. A few of those things continue this weekend, and today I have a couple more to add to the list:

Friday: Local alt country band Lou Ford plays at The Evening Muse . For those of us who have followed them since the beginning, it's hard to believe that Lou Ford has been on the scene for a decade. They play a particular brand of indie alt country, complete with quality songwriting and harmonizing brothers. Also, the intimate Evening Muse, in NoDa, is a great place to see a show. 

Sunday: At 3 p.m. at Levine Museum of the New South , Meg Freeman Whalen, a longtime contributor to Charlotte magazine and Daniel Coston, an even longer-time contributor, will discuss North Carolina musicians, including history and trends. They'll also show lots of Daniel's photos and play plenty of clips (it's a multimedia event!). Meg knows as much about music as anyone I've ever met, and Daniel has photographed every significant North Carolina musician that's been alive anytime in the past 10 years. They're launching a book project together, and this should make for an interesting Sunday afternoon. It's in conjunction with the museum's exhibit on southern music, which includes several of Daniel's photos. It's free.


Continuing this weekend (again, please forgive the cutting and pasting from press releases):

Opening of Pillowman at Actor's Theatre. Set in the darkness of an unnamed totalitarian state, this macabre thriller centers on a writer being interrogated about the content of his short stories and their uncanny similarity to real-life crimes in the community. This drama, with its pitch black comedy, moves seamlessly between the brutalities of the author’s interrogation room to the fantastically grotesque world of his fairytales. The Pillowman explores the dark corners of human imagination and addresses some of today’s most hot-button issues—from censorship and the power of the state, to freedom of speech and the rights of the individual. $23 to $28 for regular general admission. Tickets are now on sale through the Box Office at (704) 342-2251 and online at .

Heidi Chronicles at Theatre Charlotte. Funny, touching and written with sensitivity, the play is a moving examination of the progress of a generation, from the socially and politically activist sixties to the success-oriented eighties—a time during which the status of American women underwent profound change. Comprised of a series of inter-related scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world. A significant and celebrated play, it was a winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Tickets are $21 for adults, call 704-372-1000 or visit to buy them. SPECIAL OFFER: Gals Night at the Theatre. In honor of a generation of Charlotte women, tickets for groups of 4 or more women only $18, plus a complimentary wine or beer. Promotion Code: charlottewomen.

River Docs opens at The Light Factory (I previewed this exhibit Wednesday, and it is excellent. Expect a blog soon.) The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film and York County’s Culture & Heritage Museums have partnered together to present a comprehensive narrative, a year-long documentation project inspired by the Catawba River. This exhibition will feature fine art photography and fabric installation, interactive digital media and countless community interviews and submissions. The RIVER DOCS exhibit is designed to illuminate the connection of people to the Catawba River; document the changes that have happened and are happening to the River; address the challenge of access to the river; and reenergize activity on and commitment to the river and surrounding land from its headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains to Lake Wateree near Columbia.